Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
March 2May 10, 2019
This years edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunnalso an actor, playwright, and novelistwith new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his metasoap opera Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by Ishmael Reed, who will be in attendance at the screening. Other special programs include a new restoration of Djibril Diop Mambétys second feature film, Hyenas, a loose, biting adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatts satire The Visit. Women directors take center stage with new documentaries and narrative films from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, the United Kingdom, and the United States, depicting people who stretch social normsfemale car mechanics, male fashion designers, childless women, a reluctant witch, and other dreamers. Two family dramas intimately examine the generation gap, charting a French-African boys trip to his ancestral homeland of Burkina Faso and the impact of a young Tunisian mans departure for Syria on his family. Of related interest: our spring Out of the Vault programs guest curated by The Black Aesthetic.